MURRAY Goulburn will axe 60 tanker jobs at four of their sites, including Rochester.
In a letter to suppliers the cooperative said that due to the reduction in their milk intake, they need to reshape their inbound logistics (IBL) business to support their milk-collection needs.
‘‘Over the last 18 months, as our milk intake has decreased, we have managed logistics through a reduction in our seasonal workforce, use of annual leave and accumulated hours,’’ the letter said.
‘‘However, the sustained reduction now requires more decisive action.
‘‘Today we advised our IBL teams that there will be a reduction in approximately 60 tanker operator roles in Koroit, Leongatha, Maffra and Rochester and a number of support roles.
‘‘To minimise the impact on our people, we will be seeking to make changes to rosters and offering voluntary redundancies in the first instance.’’
Rochseter ward councillor Leigh Wilson said it was disappointing but inevitable.
‘‘I believe 11 full-time jobs will be going,’’ he said.
‘‘At this stage we are not sure how many casual jobs will go.’’
The factory is set to be shut in January 2018.